Take Action: September 27, 2017 Assist with Puerto Rico’s relief efforts

Hurricane Maria has devastated Puerto Rico. There is no power for the entire island and extensive structural damage, neighborhoods are experiencing severe flooding, and now fears that there will be additional flooding if the Guajataca Dam fails. Puerto Rico is an unincorporated territory of the United States, and residents are American citizens.  More information here and here.

There are several ways we can help:

Possible Script: This is [NAME] and I’m a constituent in [ZIP]. I am extremely concerned that U.S. aid efforts to Puerto Rico, where U.S. citizens are in desperate need of help, are not going quickly enough and are not sufficient to prevent a humanitarian disaster. I urge [Rep/Sen____] to act swiftly to get emergency aid to Puerto Rico and to support legislation for a one year waiver of the Jones Act to help Puerto Rico in the massive recovery effort it faces.

  • Thank those MoCs already calling on the White House to increase aid to the island: Congressman Darren Soto (D, FL-09) authored the letters also signed by Representatives Carlos Curbelo (FL-26), Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), Jenniffer González-Colón (Puerto Rico-At large), Luis Gutierrez (IL-04), Stephanie Murphy (FL-07), Stacey Plaskett (U.S. Virgin Islands, At-large), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27), and José Serrano (NY-15).

Congressman Darren Soto
6900 Lake Nona Blvd, Suites #101A & #101B
Orlando, FL 32827
Phone: (407) 266-7161

  • Donate blood. Anyone living in places in the United States where the Red Cross takes blood donations can pledge to donate.  To schedule a blood donation at a time and place that is convenient for you, please visit http://www.redcrossblood.org/donating-blood
  • In-kind donations are being collected.  Here are just a few places to donate:
  • Finally, if you wish, here is some information about donations:
    • Centro, the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at City University of New York, has compiled a list of local Puerto Rican organizations we can donate to.
    • One hundred percent of the funds donated to LDS Charities go to helping the people in need.  You can specify that you want the funds to go the relief effort in Puerto Rico in “Comments.”
    • Support the efforts of Mark Cuban and JJ Barea. Cuban is the owner of the Dallas Mavericks and Barea is a Puerto Rican player on the team; together they have planes running continuously taking 60,000 pounds of relief supplies to the island. A Puerto-Rican-American member of MWEG has first-hand information from people in the island that these supplies are being delivered.
    • The St. Paul Foundation is matching all donations up to $250 through Oct. 19.

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